John talks with Kristian Vistrup Madsen. We have a fascinating conversation about Kristian’s correspondence with a prisoner in the USA, what it means to tell people’s stories and how writing can lead to a better understanding of ourselves and the world at large. Kristian is a writer based in Berlin. He is a contributor to magazines such as Artforum, Frieze, Texte Zur Kunst and Kunstkritikk, and the recipient of the 2020 Broken Dimanche Press Writing Prize. DOING TIME, a collection of essays about prison correspondence, appropriation, and the boundaries of fiction, was published by Floating Opera Press in Summer 2021.
Recorded in front of a live audience on the terrasse of Tropez, Sommerbad Humboldthain on August 1, 2021
Thanks to Ziemowit Nowak and Torben Wessel for production and editing support.Theresa Patzschke for voiceline contribution.
Title music: Jemek Jemowit "Meine Tabletten”, 2011
Many thanks to Kristian for joining me in conversation and the entire team at Tropez. XJ